EAST ORANGE, NJ - It’s always exciting when local residents, especially our young people, excel and do wonderful things in the world to represent our City. Last week two (2) hometown gridiron stars were selected to play professional football during the 2017 NFL Draft:
During the first round with the 25th pick in the NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns selected Jabrill Peppers, a standout safety from Michigan University. And during the third round with the 99th pick, the Philadelphia Eagles selected Rasul Douglas from West Virginia.
Although Peppers attended Paramus Catholic High School, he was already known as an outstanding football player among East Orange Pop Warner and Little League circles. During his college career, Peppers was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten, a unanimous All-American in 2016, the Lott Trophy winner, the Paul Hornung Award winner for college football’s most versatile player, and a Heisman finalist. Michigan had the top-ranked unit in FBS last season, thanks in large part to Peppers, who led the team with 47 solo tackles and 16 tackles for loss.
Douglas attended and was a standout at East Orange Campus. He started his college career at Nassau Community College. After redshirting in 2012, he recorded 83 tackles and five interceptions over the 2013 and 2014 seasons. In 2015, he transferred to West Virginia University and during his first season at West Virginia, he appeared in 11 games and recorded seven tackles and an interception. As a senior in 2016, Douglas was named first-team All-Big 12 after he tied for the nation lead with eight interceptions. He also had 70 tackles and a sack.